Prepare Easy-to-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs!
Surprisingly, fresh eggs that are only a few days old do not make for great hard boiled eggs. Why? They're too fresh. Even using the methods below, they'll tend to fall apart when peeling them. This is why store bought eggs often make for better hard boiled eggs - they're typically not as fresh as your backyard variety. So, if you choose to use eggs from your own backyard flock or from the farmers market, give the raw eggs a couple weeks in the refrigerator before you boil them. I like to write the date on the outside of the egg carton to keep track of how old they are. After about two or three weeks, they should be good to go.
You'll need the following for preparing your easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs:
- One large cooking pot filled halfway with cold water
- One large mixing bowl filled halfway with cold water
- Cubed ice from the freezer or Ice maker
- One dozen raw eggs
In the large cooking pot, bring the water to a rolling boil. While waiting for the pot to boil, remove the raw eggs from the refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature for about five minutes. Next, fill the large mixing bowl halfway with cold water and drop in at least four cups of ice cubes. Swirl the water around to make sure the water is ice-cold throughout.
Once the water on the stove is boiling, gently lower the raw eggs one by one into the pot using a large slotted mixing spoon or tongs. Be careful not to drop the eggs too abruptly so they hit the bottom of the pot, or each other, or the shells will crack.
Allow the eggs to cook uncovered at a low rolling boil for about 12-15 minutes.
Once done, turn the heat off on the stove and immediately remove the eggs one by one with the tongs or the slotted spoon and carefully lower them into the ice-cold water bath. Allow the eggs to sit in the ice water for about 10 minutes before drying them off and placing in the fridge. That's it! Easy as that!
Keep your hard boiled eggs in the fridge and they should be good for about five days. Peeled hard boiled eggs should be eaten within one to two days.
Helpful hint: when peeling your hard boiled eggs, try running a little water from the faucet over the egg. This not only helps remove the shell, but also washes off any tiny bits of shell that remain on the egg. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper... and Yum!